The Hasidic Community of Williamsburg

The Hasidic Community of Williamsburg

The Hasidic Community of Williamsburg

The Hasidic Community of Williamsburg

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My interest in the Hasidim was aroused in Hungary many years ago. In the United States my interest in this extreme religious group has increased. In a country that lacks the tradition under which extremely conservative and isolationist groups flourish, the Hasidim have been successful in establishing such a religious community. The Hasidim have displayed great religious zeal and resisted assimilation with intense fervor, particularly in New York, where the forces of secularism are at their peak.

This study is based on five years of investigation. It was originally conceptualized as entailing all the social aspects of the Hasidic community. Documents have been collected about the many phases of the Hasidic organization. The major area of inquiry of this volume, however, deals with the economic activities of the Hasidic community. To put these activities into proper perspective and to evaluate them, it was considered necessary to give some background of the group in the preliminary chapters.

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